Supreme Court Bans Death Penalty For Minors

The Supreme Court yesterday declared by a 5-4 margin that it is unconstitutional to impose the death penalty on convicts who were younger than 18 when they committed their crimes.

My opinion: I think this is very unfortunate. If you are old enough to lie in the back of a car and blow innocent human beings away for the thrill, you are old enough to sit strapped in a chair charged with several thousand volts. So now, what do you think will happen? will younger members of gangs become bold 'trigger men' since they are exempt from a death penalty? Logic suggests the probability.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy delivered the majority decision and was joined by Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, David H. Souter and John Paul Stevens. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and Justices Sandra Day O'Connor, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented.

There you have it. The liberal judges and the two 'swing vote' judges stood in solidarity to pave the way for removing the fear of a death penalty in teen murderers. Aren't you surprised?